Reprinted from yesterday's late editions

Nearly the entire slate of high school football games in the Washington area was postponed Friday because of severe weather, with games being called off just before kickoff in Fairfax County and games suspended midway through in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Most Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria public school games were moved to Saturday night, and most of Montgomery County's games were to resume Saturday as well. The suspended Anne Arundel games were to be continued on Saturday and Monday. [For a complete list of postponements, see the schedule on this page.]

The weather caused a few anxious moments for athletes and coaches at Centreville High School.

Only moments before Fairfax County called off evening activities around 6:10 p.m., Centreville Coach Mike Skinner said he caught a glimpse of a funnel cloud that had touched down nearby. Fortunately, Skinner said, the tornado was headed away from the school.

"Well, for the first time, I saw a tornado tonight," said Skinner, whose third-ranked Wildcats were scheduled to host Annandale. The game will now be played Monday at 7.

"It was right across the street," he said. "The kids went into the hallway. But the coaches wanted to get a look. It was pretty unnerving for everyone."

All games in Prince William County were moved to Monday; games in Loudoun and Fairfax will be played today, Monday and Tuesday. Many area teams had scheduled next week's games for Thursday because of Rosh Hashanah. Teams that did not make up this week's games Saturday likely will play next week's game on Sept. 25 or later.

Two other much-anticipated games were affected, as well. The DeMatha-Dunbar game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was canceled and will not be rescheduled, school officials said.

The Gonzaga-Georgetown Prep game was scheduled to be played at Georgetown Prep Saturday. School officials were to decide whether to postpone the game due to weather early Saturday morning. If the field was deemed unplayable, the game would be played Sunday at Georgetown Prep at 1 p.m.

Gonzaga Athletic Director Joe Reyda requested fans call the Eagles' athletic hotline at 202-336-7117 before leaving home.

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